Nose rings have been proven to reduce the occurrence of paddock rooting behaviour, however, the practice has been questioned on ethical grounds. The aim of this experiment was to identify a suitable alternative. Previous attempts to reduce paddock damage by dietary means have succeeded in redirecting rooting behaviour (Bornett et al., 2002) or at reducing the overall frequency of paddock rooting behaviour (Braund et al., 1998) but neither succeeded in reducing paddock damage. It is hypothesised that whilst the experiment of Bornett et al. (2002) fulfilled the sow’s desire to forage, and the experiment of Braund et al. (1998) fulfilled the sow’s need to feel satiated; neither fulfilled both criteria simultaneously. In this experiment, both of these needs were considered and it was therefore hypothesised that paddock damage would be reduced.